Definition of

Mandatory

  1. (noun, location) a territory surrendered by Turkey or Germany after World War I and put under the tutelage of some other European power until they are able to stand by themselves
  2. (noun, person) the recipient of a mandate
  3. (adj, all) required by rule
    attendance is mandatory
    required reading

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Synonyms of Mandatory

compulsory, mandatary, mandate, required

Alternate forms of Mandatory

Derivations: mandate

Hypernyms: district, dominion, receiver, recipient, territorial dominion, territory

Origin of the word Mandatory

  1. 1570s, "of the nature of a mandate," from L.L. mandatorius "pertaining to a mandator," from mandatus, pp. of mandare (see mandate (n.)). Sense of "obligatory because commanded" is from 1818. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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